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|Measuring College (Un)affordability |
The Atlantic - Mar 23, 2017
College is unaffordable for a lot of families. That's widely acknowledged across party lines. But a new report shows that as many as 95 percent of colleges are completely unaffordable—and thus unavailable—for huge swaths of Americans. For many would-be college students, their choices are delimited by their socioeconomic status before they have even taken the SAT.. ..
|Five myths about college admissions |
Washington Post - Mar 24, 2017
Most high school seniors have now heard back about their college applications, a process often cast as a kind of “Hunger Games,” with young Americans battling it out for a chance to attend one of more than 3,000 four-year degree-granting colleges, seeking help wherever it may come.. ...
|Survey Finds Foreign Students Aren't Applying to American Colleges |
NBC News - Mar 25, 2017
Application and acceptance season is underway at America's colleges and universities. But this year, some institutions of higher learning may see a noticeable dip in attendance from one group purposely choosing to stay home: foreign students.. ...
|College Is the Goal. The Problem? Getting There. |
New York Times - Mar 24, 2017
TOPEKA, Kan. — She was a blur of motion — leading the school step-dance team, working long hours after school at a beauty products store, mentoring younger students and caring for her siblings....
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|Why Elite Colleges Aren't Always The Answer |
Daily Beast - Mar 26, 2017
It's that time of year again, when a new cohort of graduating high-school seniors finalize decisions on which college they will attend come fall. As colleges sell their worth and endless rankings are released in a dizzying array of information leading to the May deadlines to deposit, ...
|How much longer will students be willing to go away to college? |
Washington Post - Mar 25, 2017
As the last of the college acceptances roll in for high school seniors this month, it's likely more of those offers than ever before will be coming from campuses far from home. Over the last two decades, the number of students traveling a significant distance to college has increased as places that once felt far away ...
|The College Admission Process Is A Crisis, But A Good One |
Forbes - Mar 27, 2017
For 15 years I volunteered as a "liner" for the National Runaway Safeline here in Chicago. (It used the be called the National Runaway Switchboard until we realized that no one knows what a switchboard is anymore.) Volunteers staff a 24/7 call center where kids in crisis (as well as adults) ...
|Students with elite college dreams should act early |
MyCentralJersey - Mar 23, 2017
Since numbers don't lie, students with dreams of attending one of the eight prestigious Ivy League colleges/universities should seriously consider applying early. Five of these schools, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, and The University of Pennsylvania, offer an “Early Decision” plan w ...
|How To Keep From Choosing The Wrong College |
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Mar 27, 2017
April 1 is just one week away, and most college acceptances will soon be received by anxious high school seniors. Often, students and parents have a difficult time making a decision. While a “gut feeling” based on a campus information session and tour is one good factor to consider, there is other information that needs to be considered.. ...
|Turning Down Top Choices |
Inside Higher Ed - Mar 23, 2017
Every year, prospective students receive offers to attend their college or university of choice. And every year, some of them turn down those offers. Common wisdom holds that cost is a major factor in those students' decisions. And new data from a private company provide insight into how much of a role costs play in turning students away from their top choice for college. ...
|A College Rejection Meltdown In 5 Emails |
WBUR.org - Mar 23, 2017
Dear Mrs. Williams: While I certainly understand how disappointing it can be to receive undesirable news, I did want to follow up on your most recent email to reassure you that there was not “some kind of mix-up” . ...
|5 Things to Keep in Perspective During College Admissions Season |
Her Campus - Mar 22, 2017
It's that time of year again — college admissions season. Whether you're super excited or super nervous about heading off to college, there are some things to keep in perspective when you're waiting to hear back from the schools you applied to. We talked to current collegiettes about what they wish . ...
|So your college application was rejected – now what? |
USA Today - Mar 23, 2017
You spent hours filling out college applications, writing and rewriting essays, studying for and taking the SAT or ACT, stressed out for months waiting to hear back from admissions. But then you got rejected. So now what do you do?...
|When Are College Admissions Decisions Released? |
Huffington Post - Mar 23, 2017
If you are like thousands of other high school seniors at this time, you are repeatedly clicking refresh waiting for your college admissions decisions. Fortunately, the wait is almost over!...
|Five People Worth Talking To On Your College Visit |
Huffington Post - Mar 27, 2017
agine you're going on your first college visit. You're stopping by the admission office. You're touring the campus with a student who walks backwards—backwards!—the entire time. You're trying the food. You're...you're…...
|College Visits And How To Make The Most Of It |
University Herald - Mar 27, 2017
A high school student's visit to the college of their choice is one of the exciting parts of their journey to college. It can be pretty exhausting, but it is also a lot of fun. This can be done formally or informally. The most important thing is that students learn as much information as they can f...
|How to Use the U.S. News College Rankings |
The College Solution Blog -- Cappex - Mar 24, 2017
Many teenagers and parents consider U.S. News' college rankings to be the Bible for academic quality. Detractors, who primarily come from academia, have criticized the popular rankings as a flawed and superficial way to measure colleges... ...
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Mar 30, 2017
Report—The State of College Counseling in the US Isn't Good TA new report on the state of college attainment offers some important points for school counselors to consider. Presented by The National Consortium for School Counseling and Postsecondary Success ,... More
|WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A SCHOOL COUNSELOR? |
University of Denver Blog - Mar 23, 2017
When you hear the title, “school counselor,” you might think of someone who makes student schedule changes and hands out college applications. While school counselors are responsible for scheduling and post-graduation guidance, they do a lot more than that. ....
|At College, a Guided Path on Which to Find Oneself |
New York Times - Mar 28, 2017
This is nail-biting week for high school seniors awaiting acceptance from their dream colleges. But the classic experience — a four-year residential college sheltered from the real world — is not what happens for 80 percent of college students....
|6 Mistakes Parents of Teen Drivers Make |
Wise Bread - Mar 29, 2017
he day your child gets their driver's license is a big day for your teen and a nerve-wracking one for you. It's natural to worry about the safety of your kid on the open road. .....
SATs & ACTs
|Don't Make These 3 Mistakes When Prepping for AP Exams |
US News - Mar 27, 2017
The components of a college application can seem limitless – grades, extracurricular activities and standardized test scores are just some of the factors you can highlight to stand out. But when it comes to test scores, you have more to think about than just the SAT or ACT....
|What parents can do to help teens prepare for the SAT & ACT |
Chicago Now - Mar 27, 2017
Standardized tests take on a whole new meaning in high school, with the SAT and/or ACT being huge components in the college application process. With the SAT coming up on April 5, I talked with Matthew Pietrafetta of Academic Approach, a test preparation and tutoring company with locations in Chicago, New York, and Boston. He offered his expert advice on what parents can do to get teens ready for the SAT and ACT. ..
ACT Versus SAT: How To Choose? |
Patch - Mar 27, 2017
Parents often ask me which test their child should take for college admissions. The answer depends on their child's strengths and weaknesses. The best way to know for sure which test the student should take is for them to do a practice test for each exam and see which one they feel more comfortable with. ..
|College financial aid packages usually aren't gifts |
Boston Globe - Mar 22, 2017
College-bound high school seniors have just a few more weeks to choose the school that will offer them the best mix of academic opportunity, environment, and financial support. But as they and their parents pore over competing financial aid award letters, the bottom line may not always be clear....
|What financial aid award letters tell you |
Kansas City Star - Mar 27, 2017
amilies fretting over the size of college financial aid packages they are hoping to receive and how much of their own money they'll have to shell out are starting to get answers.....
|FAFSA Changes Impacting Students and Parents |
PA.com - Mar 27, 2017
WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Each year, thousands of students looking for help paying for college log onto the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid website - also known as FAFSA. The process is complicated.h....
Career and Technical Education
|Will Texas universities face perfect storm of cuts? |
Texas Tribune - Mar 28, 2017
Higher education leaders entered the 2017 session of the Texas Legislature expecting some dark days. Two-and-a-half months in, they're now focused on warding off a perfect storm."...
|Promising school testing reforms bog down in political gamesmanship |
Miami Herald - Mar 27, 2017
TALLAHASSEE Efforts by the state Senate to address too much standardized testing in Florida’s public schools this year are on the rocks after a key proposal was abruptly postponed Monday when one senator objected to what he called an “abomination” of the legislative process."...
|Bill would make underage drinking hosts pay |
USA Today - Mar 27, 2017
DE PERE - "Parents who host, lose the most," is a slogan coined by law enforcement and youth anti-drug organizations to deter the enabling of underage drinking. But the concept doesn't carry much legal weight in Wisconsin — something Rep. André Jacque wants to change.
SATs & ACTs
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